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Maître de la Légende de sainte Barbe

Virgin Enthroned with Angels


Maître de la Légende de sainte Barbe
Active in Brussels, about 1470-about 1500


Virgin Enthroned with Angels


About 1490


Oil on wood


61.6 x 43.8 cm


Gift of Dr. Max Stern, inv. 1986.14


Western Art

Influenced by Van der Weyden, the renowned painter at Bruges in the mid-fifteenth century, the Master of the Legend of Saint Barbara distinguishes himself in his idealized females, with their high, plucked foreheads and doe-eyed expressions. The Virgin and Child are seated on an ornately Gothic throne symbolizing the Church. A window ornamented with the patrons’ coats of arms reveals a landscape. The rest of the picture is replete with religious symbolism. Painted in brilliant colours of jewel-like intensity, the minutely studied details are compelling reflections of the Netherlandish fascination with the surfaces of the phenomenal world.

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